Sculpturer and Experimental Print Artist Jean Behnke’s Work Shows in the Campus Art Gallery, March 2

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Beginning Monday, March 2 artist Jean Behnke will take over the art gallery in the lobby of the Administration building (1000 bldg.) with her show titled “The Geisha and the Hawthorn Stump.” The show runs through April 10.

In a show that represents an ongoing investigation of a self-created fable, Jean delights in the synchronicity of things, considering intersections of intimate and infinite experience that reinforce a sense of wonder. Jean’s inventive printmaking and sculpture easily crosses mediums combining materials/media and uses methods of casting, assemblage and relief printing.
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Jean founded Anchor art space in 2008 and is currently a member of the La Conner Arts Commission. Jean lives in La Conner and on Lopez Island in northwest Washington State.

Be sure to stop by the art gallery in the lobby of the 1000 building and check out her work between March 2 and April 10!

Shoreline, auto dealers association forge relationship


College and WSADA officials at the Feb. 24, 2015 meeting in the Professional Automotive Training Center - Dealer Training Academy.

College and WSADA officials at the Feb. 24, 2015 meeting in the Professional Automotive Training Center – Dealer Training Academy. Photo gallery

The network of new car dealers connected with Shoreline Community College just got bigger.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that will come with the merger of Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association and the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA),” said Shoreline President Cheryl Roberts. “The dealer associations are coming together with one voice for this critically important industry in our state. We look forward to working closely with WSADA and its members.”

The merger took effect Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Puget Sound dealers (PSADA) had been co-located with the Professional Automotive Training Center – Dealer Training Academy on Shoreline’s campus. The statewide association (WSADA) has offices in Renton. The merged association will continue to use WSADA’s name and offices. Roberts said the college is looking at options for the office space formerly occupied by PSADA.

During a Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 meeting at Shoreline, WSADA Executive Director Vicki Giles Fabré said she, too, is looking forward to a closer relationship. “We’re hopeful that, through our partnership, Shoreline and its automotive training program will have an even greater impact for Shoreline students and dealers statewide,” Fabré said.

Roberts, Fabré and others from the college and WSADA toured the Shoreline facility as part of the meeting. Also attending the meeting were Pam Nelson, of Foothills Toyota in Burlington and a key figure in PSADA and its foundation, and Gary Gilchrist of Gilchrist Auto Center in Tacoma.

Gilchrist, who is WSADA president, and former PSADA Chairman Steve Klein of Klein Honda, in Everett, worked with Fabré and others on details the merger.

Shoreline began working with PSADA in 1980, offering its first class at night in the service department at Chuck Olson Chevrolet, in Shoreline. With significant support from dealers, the Professional Automotive Training Center opened in 1992 and was expanded in 2010. The facility hosts manufacturer-based programs Toyota, Honda, GM and Chrysler dealers. The program also offers an entry-level General Service Technician program. More than 1,300 technicians have been trained and moved on to family-wage jobs since the center opened.

For more than 95 years, WSADA has represented franchised new car and truck dealers across Washington as well as the Puget Sound area dealers who made up PSADA’s membership.

Fabré has led the Washington State Auto Dealers Association since 1999 and will serve as Executive Vice President for the newly merged organization. She will also oversee management of the Seattle International Auto Show which was previously a responsibility of the regional association.

“Shoreline is an internationally recognized model for offering a wide variety of manufacturer-specific technician training programs that integrate education with hands-on workplace experience,” Fabré said. “WSADA looks forward to continued involvement and a strong partnership with Shoreline and the Professional Automotive Training Center – Dealer Training Academy.”

At the meeting, Fabré announced that WSADA will present an Ambassadors grant from the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation to Shoreline Community College.  The Ambassadorship, which was established in PSADA’s name, now transfers to WSADA.  To honor the long history of support from Puget Sound area dealers to the college, the WSADA Board of Directors has decided to present the first grant to Shoreline Community College.

President Roberts Makes Impressive Connections in Washington, D.C.

roberts and bidenWhen President Roberts was in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, she rubbed elbows with some pretty impressive folks – not least of which was Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden. Yes, that is President Roberts posing for a photo op with Dr. Biden, thanks for asking!

This second photo (below) is from President Roberts’ address at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2015 Community College National Legislative Summit during which she introduced keynote speaker, U.S. Department of Education Undersecretary Ted Mitchell.
roberts and mitchell“I’m honored to be asked to introduce Undersecretary Mitchell,” Roberts said. “The ACCT National Legislative Summit is an important forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing our colleges. I’m looking forward to this chance to raise awareness of the important role we play in educating and training America.”­­­­

We’re honored such an impressive educator has chosen to call Shoreline home!

Funk & Groove Is Getting Its Groove on Saturday Night, Feb. 28!

funkngroove2Been too long since you’ve gotten your groove on? Check out Funk & Groove, Shoreline’s performance troupe, at The Ould Triangle in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Funk & Groove is a Shoreline Community College music ensemble that provides opportunities for music students to perform and record songs in styles typical of commercial radio airplay from the 1970s to present. This group performs music from a range of genres including pop, jazz, funk, R&B, soul and rap. The Funk & Groove band features students who play guitar, bass, piano, horns, drums and percussion. It also features vocalists. Students perform shows in Seattle area clubs consisting of the original arrangements from artists and groups such as: Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Tower Of Power, Patti LaBelle, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and many more.

In addition to offering vocalists and instrumentalists experience in performing in clubs around the Seattle area, Music Technology students can gain valuable hands on audio experience running the sound and recording equipment for rehearsals and live performances.

Come hear some great live music and support Shoreline’s funkiest troupe!

Admission is free, donations are accepted.

The Ould Triangle is at 9736 Greenwood Avenue North in Seattle. Funk ‘n Groove goes on at 9 p.m.


Need to Market Yourself Better? Check Out the Job Seekers Roundtable Feb. 27 for Tips!

lee mozenaThe Plus 50 program is thrilled to bring Lee Mozena of Zena Consulting to campus this Friday, Feb. 27 to participate in a Job Seekers roundtable discussion about personal branding.

When it comes to your own life you are marketing your personal brand every single day, whether you realize it or not. Marketing is how you present yourself to those around you and what you consistently offer to them. The work you do along with your own networks and friends are professional resources others can potentially utilize. When marketing yourself, it’s about consciously building that experience so that you can effectively get what you want in return from your life.

Lee Mozena of Zena Consulting will share personal branding ideas and give examples of how your brand can best stand out among the rest. Feel like you’ve got your personal brand down? Tell your students about this opportunity to learn to more effectively market themselves to employers.

More details of Lee’s services are found on her Linkedin page at:

Great conversation and networking opportunities (along with quality coffee and snacks, compliments of Central Market) await you!

When: Friday, February 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Where: Shoreline Community College, Room 5116, Building 5000 (ground floor)


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